Best Alternatives to Apple AirPods iMore 2019

Apple's W1 chip AirPods are a fantastic companion to your iPhone. iPad, or Apple Watch, with super fast pairing, superior functionality with touch controls, and access to Siri, AirPods are bound to please a lot of iPhone fans. That doesn't mean that there aren't other options out there, in fact, there's a sort of wireless earbuds that can help you bring sound on the go. Here are the best alternatives to AirPods.

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W1 chip enabled: BeatsX

Apple's cheaper wireless W1 headphones are the best option for users who need a more customized fit for their everyday earbuds and don't mind a neck wire. Eight hours of battery life should be more than enough for most daily use, and just five minutes of charge will give you an additional two hours of play. Plus, the BeatsX charge via a Lightning cable, so you don't need to carry around an extra charging cord.

$150 at Amazon

Wireless with storage: Samsung Gear IconX (2018)

With no wire connection, the Gear IconX is about as wireless as you can get with earbuds. The unique feature of the Gear IconX is that the earbuds have onboard storage up to 4GB, so you can leave your phone at home next time you head to the gym. Samsung promises five hours of Bluetooth streaming for the battery, and if you load music directly onto the buds, you can bump that up to seven hours.

$130 at Amazon

Premium workout headphones: Jaybird X4

Jaybird's latest earbuds are the best the company's ever made. The sound quality is fantastic, you'll get 8-10 hours of battery, and there's an IPX7 waterproof rating. Theses headphones regularly last me through two weeks of workouts, and the in-line playback/call controls along with the Jaybird app make for an exceptional, intuitive experience.

$130 at Amazon

Affordable wire-free: TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds

Truly wire-free earbud designs are excellent for working out, and these TaoTronics earbuds are one of the best ways to get that form factor without spending $100+. Along with the completely wireless build, you'll get solid sound quality with surprisingly decent bass. The earbuds last 3 hours per charge and the charging case provides over 40 additional charges.

$43 at Amazon

Great value: Phaiser BHS-730

For under $40, your dollars are stretched really far with the BHS-730. The 8mm speakers combined with Bluetooth 4.1 offer very good sound, and thanks to a noise-canceling mic on the inline controls, you can easily take calls with excellent clarity. To cover your purchase, Phaiser also offers a lifetime sweatproof warranty.

$36 at Amazon

A name you trust: Jabra Elite 45e

The Elite 45e from Jabra are ultra-powerful earbuds that deliver a seriously great experience for not too much money. You'll find the usual assortment of solid audio, a comfortable fit, and up to 8 hours of battery life, but the Elite 45e go a step further. There are two advanced microphones that provide for crystal-clear phone calls, and with built-in Alexa (if you're into that sort of thing), you can ask questions, control smart home gadgets, and more with just your voice.

$99 at Amazon

Tiny but powerful: Bose SoundSport Free

The SoundSport Free is Bose's first attempt at truly wire-free earbuds, and boy do they deliver! The sound quality is fantastic as always, the fit is good, and you've got IPX4 water resistance, so you can sweat all you want.

$169 at Amazon

Whether you're looking for a truly wireless experience, or you don't mind a neck cord, there are plenty of AirPods alternatives that will allow you to listen to your favorite tunes. For my money, I'd be picking up the JayBird X4. JayBird's app is fantastic, and the battery life is truly outstanding.

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